Meet Our Board

Brittany Young

President

University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

Brittany is an activist, writer, and academic. She is pursuing her PhD in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is working on African agrarian politics and social movements. Since 2007, she has forged partnerships with NGOs, South African governmental institutions, and Rotary International to collectively bring clean drinking water and permaculture programs to schools in the former Bantustans of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In spring 2013, she was a guest faculty member at the Drexel University School of Public Health, giving an online lecture on the global water crisis and its impact on education. She is also a 2012 StartingBloc Fellow for Social Innovation.

Joanne Young

Executive Director

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Joanne was a successful computer supply business owner in the 80’s and 90’s, retiring in 1991, before embarking on her most important career, raising her daughter. Joanne was also on the Board of Trustees of North Broward Preparatory School, lending her valuable business knowledge. She now devotes her time to A Spring of Hope fund-raising and building awareness of the world water crisis and the global education gap. She travels yearly to South Africa, bringing her positive energy and devotion to helping the children she cares so deeply about.

Gail Auguston-Koppen

Board Member

BS Political Science, Arizona State University

A passionate and creative leader, Gail is founder and President of Auguston and Associates, a global retained executive search firm specializing in medical and dental device manufacturing. Gail and her husband have been visiting South Africa regularly since 1989. Recently, they sponsored the borehole at the Faith Burlington Crèche though A Spring of Hope. Gail also serves on the Boards of Hope South Florida and the Study and Renewal Center. An active Rotarian for 16 years, Gail has been a Paul Harris Fellow since 1995 for Rotary International and a passionate fundraiser for 5 years for Operation Brave Kids, a nonprofit for National Guard soldiers’ families sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stanley Laskowski

Board Member

President, Pennsylvania Global Water Initiative

Mr. Laskowski has been a senior executive, leader, teacher, scientist, advisor, and mentor during his career in environmental protection. Currently he is a lecturer/advisor at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn he develops and teaches environmental management and policy courses and advises students and professors in many Departments. In 2006, Mr. Laskowski, with other environmental leaders, founded the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, a Regional organization dedicated to help provide basic water and sanitation services to everyone in the world. He was instrumental in establishing the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at Wharton Business School at PENN. He is also a member of the Stroud Water Research Center board and the Advisory Committee of the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center.

Howard York

Board Member

University of Missouri, M.A.
Florida Atlantic University, B.A.

Howard is a passionate biology teacher at the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. He has been a driving force behind the very successful fundraising efforts of North Broward Prep School’s chapter of A Spring of Hope since 2006. The club has raised funding for 2 wells in South Africa and 1 in Uganda.